Mandarin Chinese Lower Advanced - LA538

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring 6 30 (15) MRS R Su checkmark-circle


The curriculum will focus on ordinary people's lives in China and current affairs and issues around the world.
One topic is covered each week or every two weeks, focusing on:
• new phrases and expressions which are practiced during seminars to improve students understanding of the language and the embedded culture elements.
• formal and colloquial expressions will be introduced to help students to be able to confidently understand and convey information about themselves and their environment, and express their feelings and wishes, across the four linguistic skills.
• topics relevant to the modern world and contemporary Chinese society will be studied in depth to improve students’ language ability to account for and sustain views clearly by providing relevant explanations and arguments for and against particular points of view.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

• Contact hours: 63 hours
• Private Study hours: 237 hours


Core textbook: £15.99 approximately
Chinese in Steps (Volume 4)

Method of assessment

In Course Test, Reading (20%), 45 minutes
In Course Test, Writing (20%), 45 minutes
In Course Test, Speaking (20%), 10 minutes
Assignment 1, Cultural research and Writing, around 500 Mandarin Chinese characters (20%).
Assignment 1, Cultural research and Writing, around 800 Mandarin Chinese characters (20%).

Indicative reading

• Zhang, G., Li, L. & Yu, X. (2008) Chinese in Steps Vol. 4, London: Cypress Book Co. Ltd.

• Wang, Tao (2016) China Focus, China, Beijing Language and Culture University Press
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury) (please hyperlink this with the link below)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1) demonstrate a familiarity with commonly used authentic/colloquial Mandarin Chinese phrases and expressions comparable to lower advanced level;
2) demonstrate a strong understanding of standard speech spoken at a normal rate and follow complex lines of argument on familiar topics.
3) demonstrate an understanding of the main points of TV news, current affairs programmes and short films in standard dialect on familiar topics;
4) communicate with a degree of fluency: take an active part in discussions in familiar contexts by providing relevant explanations and arguments to sustain views;
5) demonstrate a deep understanding of the life and multiple cultures of the target language countries.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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